Holocaust Remembrance Is Critical and Needs to Include the “Other” Victims

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I firmly believe that Holocaust Rembrance is critical and needs to include the “Other” victims. January 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a solemn remembrance of the systematic murder of six million European Jews during World War II by Nazis. … Continue reading

November 11 Marks 100 Years of Polish Independence

Celebrating Polish Independence DayNovember 11 Marks 100 Years of Polish Independence after Poland disappeared off the map of Europe for 123 years. In 1795 the countries of Russia, Prussia, and Austria conspired against Poland and maneuvered to essentially conquer the country and divide Poland amongst themselves. Veterans Day in the United States, Armistice Day in the UK, and Polish Independence Day are all celebrated on November 11, as the date World War I ended, on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. For more information follow this link for my 2016 post on Polish Independence Day. It includes a link to a fun video of the TV show Jeopardy!

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Honoring Polish Veterans of World War II

Polish Veterans CemeteryHonoring Polish veterans of World War II takes on both the role of memorializing the sacrifices of these men and women, and educating others about what the Polish military endured and sacrificed. Today, I consider myself pretty self-educated on the Polish experience during WWII and include a lot of that history in my book. But, I can always learn more and will never know everything. If I lived near a strong Polonia community as in Buffalo, New York, where I recently visited and was so warmly welcomed, I am sure I would have grown up knowing far more.  Continue reading